Through community support, the Aurora Ice Association (AIA) has won $20,000 in a national competition. The funding will help cover construction costs for a permanent lodge on the south end of the rink.
Discussion turned to the village's lack of a law banning open containers of alcohol on public streets at the East Aurora Village Board meeting Monday night, but trustees agreed that any potential problems from not having such a law on the books in East Aurora are outweighed by the community's track record in that area thus far.
For years, 75 years to be exact, community support for the Boys Club of East Aurora (and, since 1983, Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora) has been strong. Former Club Rats (the affectionate term for kids who spent most of their non-school hours at the club during their school years) and dedicated volunteers have helped with fundraising events—the Chowder Cup, the Dash for Cash, the Bids for Kids, and the AB Open Golf Tournament and more.
Last summer, Holland residents gathered together to assist with hosting a 5K race around town. The volunteers helped make sure it was a smooth race, but their main goal was to raise funds for the shared football program with East Aurora.
The East Aurora area has seen its share of wild April storms this month. With that wet, stormy weather in mind, the Elm Street Bakery is collecting new or gently used umbrellas through the end of May, to be donated to Western New York women and children in need.
The Elma Town Board is looking at several maintenance issues around the Elma History Museum for this summer.
The Friends of Knox Farm State Park and Fox Run of Orchard Park are sponsoring the Knox Farm Art Fest this upcoming weekend. The festival is the park's kick-off event for 2015 and will feature nearly 100 professional artists from all over Western New York from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.
On May 9, East Aurora native Aubrey McLaughlin will run the Gnaw Bone 50-mile race in Gnaw Bone, Indiana to raise funds and awareness for the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization based in South Wales.
When the 2015 spring sports season began in early March, there was a pesky six inches of snow on the ground and temperatures were still hovering around 20 degrees. More than 10 spring sports teams were vying for any little corner of available gym space and at one point, long-time East Aurora High School boys tennis coach John Hycner thought about sending his team up to the courts with shovels for a dual-purpose practice session.